USC seeks to provide students and faculty with the necessary resources to foster academic inquiry and to ensure a healthy social and intellectual environment as the foundation for that learning. Resources of interest to Teaching Assistants, in their capacity as instructors and as students, are listed in this section.
Resources for Teaching
Resources for Teaching
Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET)
The Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) is the university’s think tank for innovative teaching. As a faculty-led initiative, CET draws upon the talents of experienced faculty to promote a commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship.
CET provides training and resources to improve teaching at USC, including supporting faculty and Teaching Assistants as they devise new courses and develop enriching out-of-class activities. Instructors are encouraged to find opportunities to define, practice, and advance their disciplines, in addition to interdisciplinary collaborative work. CET offers seminars and lectures throughout the semester on a variety of topics, and provides a training session at the beginning of each semester for Teaching Assistants.
Director: Professor J. Lawford Anderson
Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML)
The Institute for Multimedia Literacy (IML) seeks to enhance the academic experience at USC by promoting the integration of different forms of technology into teaching. The IML offers seminars and conferences that treat various themes of teaching with technology and also encourages the acceptance and appropriate evaluation of student work that uses technology in creative ways. Undergraduate students who are eligible may participate in an Honor’s Program in Multimedia Scholarship or may enroll in general education courses that have a multimedia component (see Multimedia in the Core). As aspiring professors, Teaching Assistants are encouraged to draw upon the resources at the IML that will help them introduce technology into their teaching.
Director of Academic Programs: Holly Willis
746 West Adams Boulevard
Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards (SJACS)
For questions regarding acts of academic dishonesty on the part of students or any breach of conduct code, refer to the office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards. The office provides guidance on determining whether a student has committed an act of academic dishonesty and when to pursue formal charges against a student for conduct that is considered unacceptable.
Director: Raquel Torres-Retana
American Language Institute (ALI)
Many of the foreign students at USC are originally from countries where English is not spoken as a native language. The American Language Institute (ALI) provides classes and other resources to assist international undergraduate and graduate students in improving their English and adapting to an American university program.
Prior to beginning their teaching at USC, all international Teaching Assistants are required to take part in a separate training program run by the ALI.
Director: Jim Valentine, PhD
ALI Student Advisor: Maricel Veluz
Center for Women and Men
The Center for Women and Men serves the members of the university community by providing guidance on issues related to gender equity or discrimination on campus. The Center provides short-term crisis intervention and drop-in problem solving, in addition to individual counseling for survivors of acts of assault or harassment. Confidential support groups are also available for survivors and their friends. The Center also offers a range of special events, workshops, and lectures each semester on topics relating to gender equity, the promotion of healthy relationships among partners, and other areas of interest.
Director: Danielle Lançon
Student Union, Suite 202C
740-4900 (24-hour crisis counseling available)
The Writing Center
The Writing Center provides one-on-one tutoring sessions with writing consultants, who are available to assist students in working through any type of writing assignment. The consultants do not edit papers, but guide students through the process of planning, writing, or revising a body of writing so that they can learn from the session and improve their own writing. In addition to one-on-one consultations, the Center offers small-group workshops to help students improve their critical thinking and writing skills. The Center is open to all students at the university. To meet with a consultant, call or visit the Center to make an appointment.
Director: Erika Nanes, PhD
Program Assistant: Roger Anderson
Center for Academic Support (CAS)
The Center for Academic Support provides specialized tutoring in all subjects for students at the university. Students are required to complete an online Tutor Request Form to initiate the process of selecting an appropriate tutor and arranging for a tutoring session. In addition to individualized tutoring the Center offers lunchtime learning enrichment workshops on topics relevant to effective, productive study at USC, such as time management, memory enhancement, exam-taking strategies, and others.
Students experiencing academic difficulties may meet with an Academic Support Counselor for a one-on-one consultation. The Counselor will work with the student to devise strategies to meet the challenges of the academic course load and will direct the student to any relevant resources on campus.
Associate Dean, Academic Support: Patricia Tobey, PhD
Office Manager: Althea Myrie
Student Union 301
Disability Programs and Services (DSP)
The office of Disability Services and Programs, a division of the Center for Academic Support, seeks to enable students with disabilities to best navigate the challenges of study at USC to reach their academic goals. Services provided by the program include assistance in providing equipment, such as assistive technology, that would support student learning, negotiating with faculty to ensure fair consideration, facilitating special accommodations for test-taking needs, and assisting with architectural barriers, among many others.
Director: Edward Roth, PhD
Associate Director: Mattie E. Grace, PhD
Student Union 301
Office of College Advising and Undergraduate Advisement
The Office of College Advising assists students with undeclared majors or open majors in finding an acceptable course of study. Staff advisors assist students in identifying their academic interests and in choosing a major that best suits these academic goals. Each semester, prior to registration, students meet with an advisor to determine the appropriate balance of courses, including general education or core requirements.
Undergraduate Advisement serves students with declared majors. Students are assigned an advisor based on their particular field of study. Advisors assist students in determining course selection for the semester and in planning their major or minor requirements throughout their course of study.
In addition to individual consultations with advisors, the Office of College Advising offers workshops on choosing the right major and new student seminars to foster a greater sense of community among students. The Office also promotes the Learning Communities Program, clusters of courses at USC that bring students with similar academic interests together.
Director: Debbie Bernstein
CAS, Room 120
Student Athlete Academic Services (SAAS)
The Student Athlete Academic Services Program is designed to support student-athletes in managing the dual challenges of active involvement in competitive college athletics and academic success. The Program includes academic advising, career development, community service, and tutoring programs, and promotes a philosophy of individual responsibility to allow students to develop the skills needed to achieve their academic and professional goals.
Director: Magdi El Shahawy, PhD, Associate Athletics Director
Senior Associate Director: Jason Pappas, Assistant Athletics Director
Heritage Hall, B30
The Language Center
The Language Center provides resources for students of language and culture from all areas of the world. To assist in this learning, the Center offers interactive multimedia resources, audio and video materials, including contemporary films and television programs, and classrooms equipped with appropriate technology for the presentation of such materials. The Center is located on the third floor of Taper Hall and houses the Fletcher Jones Language Commons, a lab with computer workstations, an international lounge, and small conversation rooms.
Executive Director: Dan Bayer, PhD
Psychological and Spiritual Support
The office of Counseling Services at the University Park Health Center is staffed by trained professionals who are prepared to counsel students on a variety of emotional or mental disorders, including stress-related conditions. If a student approaches you for advice or confides in you regarding a personal problem, refer him or her to Counseling Services immediately. The psychiatrists and psychologists at Counseling Services will know how to react appropriately and effectively to the emotional or psychological needs of a student. If a student has reached out to you, and does not appear to be improving, ask to meet with the student privately and reiterate your recommendation that the student consult with someone at Counseling Services. It is important at all times to remain sensitive to the feelings of the student and to be careful and tactful in encouraging a student to seek help.
Director of Counseling Services: Bradford D. King, EdD
University Park Health Center
740-7711 (during regular hours of operation, urgent and non-urgent)
740-9355 (after hours, urgent)
740-4321 or 911 (anytime, urgent)
Office of Religious Life
Members of the USC community seeking spiritual counsel can be referred to the Office of Religious Life. USC’s planned Multi-Faith Center for Research, Reflection, and Practice will offer students of diverse religious beliefs an opportunity to come together to learn of the world’s numerous religions and cultural and political contexts.
Dean of Religious Life: Varun Soni
Senior Associate Dean of Religious Life: Rev. Elizabeth Davenport